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Facts About Reptiles
  
P4246699by Hunter-Desportes on Flickr

  • The first reptiles are believed to have evolved around 320 million years ago.
  • There are 4 main groups of reptiles
    • Turtles and Tortoises
    • Lizards and Snakes
    • Crocodiles and Alligators
    • Tuatara
  • Reptile species can be found in all types of habitat except polar ice and tundra.
  • The size of reptile’s brains relative to their body is much smaller than that of mammals.

  • Reptiles are vertebrates

  • Have lungs for breathing

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Yellow-Blotched Palm-Pitviperby Tad 20D on Flickr




Body is covered with scales.

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Rattlesnake Danceby Dawn Endico on Flickr



Snakes use their scales to push and pull
their bodies across
the ground.
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croc_eggsby kevinzim on Flickr





Reptiles are born

from eggs.
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Project 366 2008 - March 6, 2008 ~ Turtle Mural ~by turtlemom4bacon on Flickr




Reptiles live in water,
like this sea turtle
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Florida's Gopher Tortoiseby minds-eye on Flickr



or on land,
like this tortoise.
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Lamellaeby Furryscaly on Flickr




Most reptiles have 4 legs
with claws.
These help them to climb and defend themselves.
Pads on their feet grip like suction cups.
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Eublepharis maculariusby Furryscaly on Flickr


Is a reptile!

She is a Gecko Lizard.

See her claws?
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green lizard in a red bucketby giopuo on Flickr


Reptiles are
cold-blooded.
They need the sun to warm them up!

Reptiles can't make their own body heat.
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Chameleon the Warriorby Hamed Saber on Flickr



Most reptiles live in warm, sunny places
like the desert.
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Figure 8by Furryscaly on Flickr




Reptiles with beautiful patterns
and designs.


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Chamaeleo chamaeleon - זיקית מובהקתby Eran Finkle on Flickr

Reptiles with dull colors,
like this chameleon.

It is camouflaged!

This is one way reptiles can protect themselves from predators.
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Iguanaby Department of Sustainability & Environment on Flickr



This Iguana is a
huge reptile!
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Baby Lizard on grassby YimHafiz on Flickr



There are some small ones too like this baby lizard.
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La ferme aux crocodiles (PIERRELATTE,FR26)by jean-louis zimmermann on Flickr


Crocodiles are reptiles.

They have sharp teeth
that stick out of their mouths.
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aligator close upby ljmacphee on Flickr


Alligators are reptiles, too!

They have sharp teeth that stay inside their mouths.
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Nile Crocodiles Basking in the Sun on the Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari.by joanna8555 on Flickr


What do you see that tells you this crocodile is a reptile?


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Gator on a Guana Trailby minds-eye on Flickr


This is a baby_______.

* Hint: 
its teeth aren't showing.
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